MEET THE TEAM
Interim Executive Director
A Somerville native, the son of West Cork immigrants. Neil’s work experience in the computer field included Deputy Director of Data Systems for the Federal Election Commission in Washington D.C. and Consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation in Cambridge After retiring, Neil began volunteering with the Irish Immigration Centre (currently the Rian Center) in Boston. During his almost 20 years there, he specialized in assisting immigrants from all nations in completing their U.S. Citizenship Applications as well as helping with the Center’s free immigration clinics. Neil has been involved with a number of Irish cultural, sporting, social and philanthropic organizations receiving awards from the Charitable Irish Society and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Neil has also assisted with the Irish Pastoral Centre’s Free Immigration Legal Clinics and the Senior Program.
Fr. Dan Finn
When Father Finn immigrated to America at 18 years of age, from Kanturk, Co. Cork, Ireland, he had no idea that he would one day become a priest, serving the spiritual, social and cultural needs of Dorchester residents from 20 different nations including those from Ireland, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. Because of his leadership the services provided by St. Mark Parish, where the Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987, have blossomed into a vast array of outreach programs. Some of these programs include Citizenship and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Summer Program, Faith Sharing groups, a Food Pantry, and more. Much of this has come about from Fr. Finn's philosophy that we must bring what we have started in Church out onto the street. This is summed up best by St. Teresa of Avila says that “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.....". Fr. Dan is assuming the role of Chaplain to the Irish Community at the Irish Pastoral Centre and has, therefore, gone full-circle.
Staff & Program Admin
Audrey, originally from Dublin, spent a number of years working in the buying office of a major Irish wholesaler before moving to the U.S. Since her arrival to Boston in 2004, Audrey has worked in a variety of jobs including serving the administrative team at the Carney hospital, and in elder care at Celtic Homecare by Catherine, which she found to be very rewarding both personally and professionally. Prior to joining the Irish Pastoral Centre staff, Audrey was a client at the IPC and as a way to give back to the Centre, she volunteered at the IPC while she worked in banking and commerce in Boston. Audrey is responsible for the administration of the IPC, while also taking charge of our Employment and Housing Support program.
Veronica Keys began working with the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2016, where she provides support in various programs including the IPC's senior program, community-based social work, and pastoral care support. Veronica has a degree in Social Psychology & Sociology with a Masters in Social Work and most of her work experience to date has been with young people and families affected by trauma through sexual abuse/violence and/or conflict and she is particularly interested in the concept of resilience. She has worked in both statutory and community-based organizations both at home and abroad including Romania, Norway, Russia, and the West Bank. She previously worked as an Advocacy Officer with One in Four, a Dublin based organization working with sexual abuse survivors and most recently she worked with the Complaints & Investigations team of the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman in Dublin before joining the IPC.
Maryann joined the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2017 assisting the Senior Outreach and the Prison Outreach Programs. She currently works as the Immigration Coordinator for the IPC and supports the IPC’s Immigration, Detention, and the US. Citizenship Program. She is the point of contact for both immigrants and non-immigrants in the community who contact the IPC with questions related to immigration, visas, citizenship and other issues of concern. She provides guidance and directs clients to available resources, including the IPC’s free legal clinics where a team of pro-bono attorneys assist clients with understanding and navigating the complexity of immigration law. Maryann graduated from Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School. She began her career in the banking industry, and then worked for many years practicing health care law in Boston at both law firms and for various non-profit health care organizations. She also has legal experience working with older clients helping them to navigate issues related to their aging. Maryann grandparents immigrated to Boston from Counties Cork and Galway in Ireland.
Mary O'Toole Gorman
Mary O’Toole-Gorman joined the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2020 and took on the role of the Senior Outreach Program Coordinator. Mary has put in huge efforts to combat the COVID 19 pandemic and has managed to keep our seniors actively engaged within the community by getting a large portion to engage in online activities such as You, Me And A Cup Of Tea, Zoom Bingo, Laughing Yoga and has even organized other socially distanced gatherings which have been a great success. From West Roxbury , Mary is married to Jim and they have two sons, James and Robby. Now retired from Boston Gas/National Grid after 32 years, Mary also worked for The Goddard House In Brookline. Mary is currently the Registrar of The County Sligo Association and a Board Member of the Irish Social Club. Most of you probably would have known Mary’s parents, Gerry O’Toole was a native of Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and Kitty O’Toole was from Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. They were supporters of the Shannon Blues Football Club and were active members in the Irish community. Mary looks forward to working with you, hearing your ideas and being at your assistance!